Prevention of Common Electrical Hazards

Common Electrical Hazards

Based on a survey by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), 2,210 non-fatal electrical injuries took place in 2017, an increase of 35% in comparison to 2016. The survey mentioned that such injuries could be avoided, had it been for the awareness about the common electrical hazards and the requirement of conducting a regular electrical inspection.

Experts have enlisted some of the six most common electrical hazards; these include- Damaged Equipment, Overhead Power Lines, Inadequate Wiring and Overloaded Circuits, Exposed Electrical Parts, Improper Grounding, Damaged Insulation. As a result, these can cause burns and shock. Experts suggest securing such parts with guarding mechanism and repair as the best preventive measure. In addition, the damaged insulation should never be covered with electrical tape.

According to a survey by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), 2,210 non-fatal electrical injuries in 2017 increased by 35% compared to 2016. Requirements for awareness of general electrical hazards and for conducting regular electrical inspections.

Experts have accepted some of the six most common electrical hazards. This includes damaged equipment, overhead power lines, improper wiring and overload circuits, exposed electrical components, improper grounding, damaged insulation. As a result, burns and shocks may occur. Experts suggest fixing these parts with protective mechanisms and repairs as the best preventive measure. Also, do not cover damaged insulation with electrical tape.In addition, experts propose replacement as an effective preventive measure. This remedy involves more than replacing something that does not create a risk. For example, replace floor paint with a textured floor to avoid drops and slips.

Engineering control is also an improvement measure to help isolate people from various risks. The solution is to place a physical barrier between the hazard and the worker. Experts suggest that administrative control is effective. This includes procedural changes, employee training, and warning labeling.

Finally, personal protective equipment (PPE) can also prevent employees from getting injured. This includes hard hats, visible clothing and safety glasses.